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IAN SHAFER

| New York based Freelance Oboist - Conductor |
| Member of the Faculty of Manhattan School of Music, Precollege |
Oboe - Music Theory - Ear-Training

Available for all Performance Opportunities, Master Classes, Workshops, Events and Private Teaching

6th Annual Conductor's Workshop at Queens College
June 19 - July 1

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.

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Spellbound QUO's Annual Pride "Gay-La"
Saturday, June 25 2016, 8:00p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes and Ian Shafer, conductors

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Last year was so much fun, we decided to do it again! Join us for an evening of music, magic, space travel, food, drink, and prizes, all in support of New York's LGBT orchestra, YOUR orchestra: QUO.
This year's event will be hosted by Brent Weldon Reno and features our special guests Melodia Women's Choir and The Stonewall Chorale. We also once again have a silent auction which itself is full of magic and fantasy.
Dvořák: The Water Goblin
Holst: Uranus and Neptune from "The Planets"
Giacchino: Star Trek Into Darkness
Williams: Star Wars Suites 1 & 2
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Perpetual Chant
The Chamber Music of Gilbert Galindo


Friday, June 24, 2016

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall
450 W 37th Street, New York, New York 10018

Bringing the music to life on this concert are some of the city’s finest new music performers: the riveting flutist ROBERTA MICHEL of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble and DuoRoMi; the passionate oboist IAN SHAFER; the brilliant clarinetist THOMAS PIERCY of the Tokyo to New York Concert Series; the spirited pianist MARKUS KAITILA having appeared as soloist throughout Europe; the exciting percussionist CHRIS GRAHAM of Iktus Percussion; the exceptional violinist JESSICA PARK of Ensemble LPR; the violinist SASHA PETRIN of Symphony in C; the dynamite violist LIUH-WEN TING of Ensemble Meme; the enthusiastic cellist ERIC ALLEN; the spectacular cellist KATE DILLINGHAM of Random Access Music; and Gilbert Galindo conducting.

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Verdi Requiem
May 21, 2016

Queens College Symphony Orchestra with the Choral Society, James John, conductor

Colden Auditorium, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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QUOtets the Tenth
May 14, 2016, 8:00p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001

Get ready for some chamber music magic! For our tenth installment of QUOtets, and final chamber concert of our Abracadabra! season, we bring you: woodwinds galore, songs in English and French, chickens, and more!
Our program features the music of J.S. Bach, William Mathias, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Bohuslav Martinů, W.A. Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Robert Schumann, and our own Seth Bedford.
You'll hear from QUO members Sean Foradori, Andrew Berman, Seth Bedford, Brent Weldon Reno, Christian Smythe, Scott Oaks, Ian Shafer, Ligia Sakurai, Mark Peters, Travis Fraser, Carolina Muerkens, Fran Novak, and Darcy Grae, and QUO friends Olga Gurevich and Matthieu Cognet.

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A Trio of Concerti
May 4-6, 2016

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
Dvorak: Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Grieg: Piano Concerto, Beethoven: Triple Concerto

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Abracadabra – "Alakazam"
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor with James Adler, piano soloist

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Mendelssohn: Fair Melusina, Adler: Piano Concerto in G, Fauré: Pelleas et Melisande, Beethoven: Symphony no.8

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Cosi fan Tutte
Apr. 7, 8, 9, 10, 2016

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Dvorak's Chicago's World Fair Concert, Aug. 17, 1893
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 12:15 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Pastoral Pleasures
Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016 7:30 p.m., Friday, Mar. 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Buttersworth, Bizet, Beethoven

Graduation Recital, Nissan Ak
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Nissan Ak, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Quotets IX
February 6, 2016, 8:00p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001

Ian will be conducting two works this evening: Fanfare for Six Tambourines and a World Premiere-The Bronx Suite

Abracadabra – "Presto Chango"
Saturday December 19, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday December 20, 4:00 p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, Ian Shafer, conductors

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute, Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Ravel: Mother Goose Suite; Mozart: Sleigh Ride, Featuring Aaron Patterson, alto saxophone, winner of QUO’s 2nd Concerto Competition performing Decruck’s Sonate en C# mineur pour saxophone alto et orchestre.

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A John Williams Tribute
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress

Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Die Fledermaus
Friday and Saturday Dec. 4 & 5 7:00p.m., Sunday Dec. 6 1:30p.m.

The Brooklyn College Opera Theatre, Richard Milton Barrett, Conductor

Whitman Auditorium
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

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The Lighter Side of Opera
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Sylph Ensemble, Ian Shafer, conductor
Madison Marie McIntosh, soprano
Luke Scott, Baritone
Jestin Piper, piano
Vesela Kirova, piano

Please join us for a fun evening of old-fashioned romance and experience the world premiere of two new one-act operas: "A Special Secret Someone" & "The Dreamer" by Theodore Christman

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Suor Angelica
Friday, Nov. 14, 2015 7:30 p.m.

Golden Rose Opera, Alex Wen, conductor

Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Forest Hills, Queens

Impressionistic Wonders
Friday, Nov. 6, 2105 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Sibelius, Belshazzar's Feast Roussel, Le Festin de l'araignée Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin Prokofiev, Classical Symphony

Abracadabra – "Witches and Warlocks"
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Villa-Lobos: Uirapurù; Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre; Haydn: Symphony No. 93

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Das Lied von der Erde
Wednesday, Oct. 28 & Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

Delectable Delights
Thursday, Oct 9, 7:30p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Leon H. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborourgh Community College
Mendelssohn, Faure, Mozart

"QUO on the Highline"
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Queer Urban Orchestra, conducted by Julie Desbordes and Ian Shafer

Mr. Shafer will join the orchestra for its first performance on New York City's Summer Music series, "Music on the Highline." During the second half, Mr. Shafer will lead the orchestra as their conductor.

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New York Summer Music Festival
Session 2: July 19-Aug 1, 2015

Oneonta, New York 13820

Mr. Shafer is delighted to teach this year at NYSMF. The New York Summer Music Festival is a four week summer music institute featuring faculty and guest artists of the highest caliber from the finest institutions and performing venues in the world.

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5th Annual Conductor's Workshop at Queens College
June 21-July 3, 2015

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.

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Gay-La, a Benefit for the Queer Urban Orchestra
Saturday, June 20 2015, 8:00p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Ian Shafer, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

The first benefit concert for the Queer Urban Orchestra, Mr. Shafer will conduct the orchestra through a night of wonderful music including Strauss' Radetzky, Bizet's Carmen Suite, Cole Porter Tribute and Seth Bedford's Cabaret Songs
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Oboe Reed-making Workshop
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12:00-2:00p.m.

Alchemical Theater Studios, 104 West 14th St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Ian Shafer will host an oboe reed making workshop for registered participants of all skill levels. Focus of this class will be how to "fix" reeds that have already been purchased.
To register, please send an email to ian.shafer@gmail.com. Space is limited to 10. Cost is $40 (Adults) & $25 (Students)

Music from Across the Pond
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 8:00p.m.

Richmond Choral Society, Marina Alexander, Director
Christ Church Bay Ridge, 7301 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11209

The Richmond Choral Society presents a celebration of British composers

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Music that Leaps Off the Page – Reflection
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

The final concert of the season concludes with a world premiere by QUO Bassist Sam Nedel and also includes Ives’ Variations The final concert of the season concludes with Ives’ Variations inspired by the patriotic tune ‘America’ and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music was inspired by the beauty of the human voice. The creation of the galaxy is the inspiration behind Observations on the Early Universe, a new work by a QUO member Sam Nedel, conducted by Ian Shafer. Drawing inspiration from Beethoven’s symphonic legacy allowed Brahms to compose his towering Symphony No. 1, which completes our concert.
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Bach's B-minor Mass
Saturday, May 9, 2105 7:30p.m.

Litha Chamber Orchestra

Hudson View Gardens Lounge
116 Pinehurst Ave, (at 181st) New York, NY

Brooklyn College Composers Concert
Monday, May 4, 2105 7:30p.m.

Chamber Ensembles

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
A celebration of Brooklyn College's composers

La Traviata
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2105 7:30p.m. & 2:00p.m.

Brooklyn College Opera, Richard Barret, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Fully staged production of Verdi'sLa Traviata

Taizé Evening Prayer
Saturday, Arpil 18, 2015 7:30p.m.

St. John the Divine Taizé Orchestra, Christopher Wells, conductor

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine,
Music of Schubert, Ginastera, Ravel

Lullabies
Tuesday, March 31, 2105 7:30p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Music of Schubert, Ginastera, Ravel

Music that Leaps Off the Page – Reflection
March 14, 2015

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Our second chapter reflects on the meaning of youth and love, from the ill-fated lovers depicted in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture to Brahms’s love of Beethovenian form found in his momentous Violin Concerto. The concert also features renowned soloist Lindsay Deutsch on violin and a world premiere of Juliet's Farewell for narrator and orchestra by QUO cellist Bjorn Berkhout with fellow QUO member Navida Stein as the narrator, conducted by Ian Shafer
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Chamber Music Gems
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Music at CUC, Community Unitarian Church
468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605

Mr. Shafer with pianist and CUC Music Director, Adam Kent along with bassoonist, Leonard Hindell play the Poulenc Trio on CUC perennial chamber music series.

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Love, Dreams & Jazz
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Music of Berlioz, Nielsen, Rimsky-Korsakov

Polymorphism: From Classical to Unconventional
February 14, 2015, 8:00p.m. (rescheduled)

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Joined by the Voxare String Quartet, oboist Ian Shafer makes his Carnegie Hall debut. He presents the world premiere of Locales by composer Mohammed Fairouz, commissioned by Mr. Shafer. The work captures the atmosphere and spirit of five cities (Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Paris, London, and New York) that are deeply personal for the composer. The evening also includes Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370, written for oboe virtuoso Friedrich Ramm; Britten's Phantasy for Oboe Quartet, Op. 2, an early work written by the pacifist-composer in response to the horrors of world war; and the ethereal Canzonetta of Samuel Barber.

Voxare String Quartet ··Emily Ondracek-Peterson, Violin ··Galina Zhdanova, Violin ··Erik Peterson, Viola ··Adrian Daurov, Cello

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British Invasion
February 3-6, 2015, 8:00p.m.

South Florida Symphony, Sebrina Maria Alfonso, Music Director
Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Boca Raton

Playing to standing ovations, The WannaBeatles are creating a bit of Beatlemania all their own. They have developed a following of regulars who look forward to the band’s own special version of the British Invasion. “These are the songs we all grew up listening to”. New generations have discovered the music of the Beatles, which proves that great music will stand the test of time. http://www.southfloridasymphony.org/wannabeatles/>Buy Tickets

Quotets
December 15, 2014, 8:00p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001

Divertimento for 9 players by Walter Piston

Life Through Music
December 2-7, 2014, 8:00p.m.

South Florida Symphony, Sebrina Maria Alfonso, Music Director
In partnership with the World Aids Museum and Education Center
Fort Lauderdale, Travernier, Key West, Boca Raton

A varied program of Pop tunes, Film scores and Broadway Hits

Tosca
November 18, 2014, 8:00p.m.

Merkin Hall, Goodman House
129 W. 67th Street New York, NY 10023

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Martha Cardona Theater
Conducted by Brian Holman
Directed by Daniel Cardona
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Music that Leaps Off the Page – Celebration
November 15, 2014

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001


The first concert of the season includes the stately and heroic Trumpet Concerto of Haydn, Shostakovich’s manic Festive Overture and Beethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 7 as well as music celebrating the story telling of the famous Bard: Mendelssohn’s Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Seth Bedford’s Ophelia.

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Sigma Alpha Iota's annual Pat Stenberg Memorial Concert
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 4:00p.m.

Church of the Redeemer--222 Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL

Mr. Shafer, a former student of Pat Stenberg, is honored to play a recital at this annual memorial concert. All proceeds are donated to local musical organizations of Sarasota, FL. Music will include Robert Bloom: Requiem, Nielsen: Fantasiestücke für Oboe and Klavier. Two pieces near to Pat's heart.

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Legends of the Orient
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:30p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Music of Berlioz, Nielsen, Rimsky-Korsakov

Peter and the Wolf arr. for woodwind quintet
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11:30am

"The Center": Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th St. New York, NY 10011

To celebrate the annual Halloween party for the children of LGBT families of New York

The Romantic Titans
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus

Music of Beethoven, Brahms, Barber and Mahler

Bach's Lunch
Thursday, September 16, 2014, 1:00p.m.

Community Music School of Collegeville, PA

The Romantically Modern Oboe with guest artist, Matthiew Cognet, piano
Music of Hanson, Schumann, Poulenc and Nielsen

The Afternoon Music Club
Tuesday, September 18, 2014, 12:00p.m.

First United Methodist Church at 865 South Main Street, Phoenixville, PA

The Romantically Modern Oboe with guest artist, Matthieu Cognet, piano
Music of Hanson, Schumann, Poulenc and Nielsen

Rigoletto
August 16, 2014, 8:00p.m.

Castle Gould’s Great Hall at the Sands Point Preserve
Performance followed by dessert with the artists

August 23, 2014, 8:00p.m.

Steppingstone Waterside Theater
Great Neck, NY

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
North Shore Music Festival
Conducted by Anthony LaGruth
Directed by Benjamin Spierman
Costumes by Joan Greenhut and Maureen Klein

The Enchanted Oboe with the Sylph Quintet
August 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Cornerstone Church of Lakewood Ranch
14306 Covenant Way Bradenton, FL 34202

July 31, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Lakeside Lutheran Church
2401 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293

This unique ensemble of oboe plus string quartet will offer the Florida premiere of a long forgotten work by oboist Alphons Barret; a spirited work by Finland’s most outstanding composer before Sibelius; the ethereal lyricism of Barber; the “Fantasies” of Britten; and the sophisticated Classicism of Mozart; this will be a night to remember!

Pride Concert – World Beats
June 25, 2014

Queer Urban Orchestra, Nolan Dresden, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

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All Composers Gay - Jacqueline Jonée, Jean Pierre Lemarié
June 16, 2014, 2:30 & 6:00

the JouJou Jacquettes Philharmonic Orchestra

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium (Amsterdam Ave between 64th & 65th Streets) New York, NY

To celebrate Gay Pride month come to the Library to share the incredible stories of the forgotten gay composers

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Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
May 16, 2014

New Opera NYC Anthony LaGruth, conductor

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave. New York, NY

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Mozart and Tchaikovsky
May 7, 2014

The Centre Symphony Orchestra
Scott Jackson Wiley, conductor

St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Ave, NYC

Mozart's Violin Concerto in A Major and Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony

NYsoundCircuit
May 9, 2014

DiMenna Center
450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018

Mr. Shafer will be featured in “Improvisational Spirals,” a multilayered work for oboe, recorded sound, digital processing and dancer by Ian Shafer, Gilbert Galindo, and Yung-Li Chen based on Elizabeth Hofman.

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Verdi's Rigoletto
May 3 & 4, 2014

The Brooklyn College Opera Theatre Richard Milton Barrett, Conductor

Whitman Auditorium
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

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A QUILT OF
MANY PATCHES

Ian Shafer is a passionate, multifaceted musician. He has held positions as an oboist, a conductor, and teacher. He has given several world premieres of works written for him; created chamber music and youth orchestra programs; designed music theory and history courses; and played for delegates of the United Nations. His playing has been described as, "sinuous, refined... and refreshing, with facility," ([Q]on Stage). He enjoys a very active freelance performance career in New York City as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician spanning a wide breadth of styles from the Baroque period to Contemporary improvisation. Additionally, he is a published author for the International Double Reed Society; has studied composition in Vienna with a student of Arnold Schoenberg; conducting in the Netherlands and the United States; and oboe repair in Philadelphia.

ALL MUSIC
WAS ONCE NEW

Dedicated to the expansion of the oboe repertoire and the boundaries of Classical music, through frequent collaborations, Mr. Shafer has given the world premieres of several works: Locales for Oboe and String Trio (2014), written on commission by Mohammed Fairouz, premiered at Carnegie Hall;Elegy and Impromptu for oboe and piano (2013), written on commission by James Adler premiered at the Yamaha Studios 5th Avenue in Manhattan; Layers of Earth for oboe, percussion and electronics (2012), by Danish composer, Lars Graugaard, set for CD release in the spring of 2015; Langanaich-Taragto (2010) a seven-minute improvised solo to Elizabeth Hoffman’s digital score, first presented at NYU’s Fredrick Lowe Theater, and was later expanded to a multilayered, multimedia improvisation with an added dance and electronic components to become Improvisational Spirals (2014) at the NYSoundCircuit; Exhalations (2009) a collaborative work, which through the use of pioneering internet technology, simultaneously connected five universities around the globe for a groundbreaking concert, "Pentalocust;" and using the same technology, connected musicians from New York and Abu Dhabi in two “Concerts for Peace” presenting Noor Al Salam (Light of Peace) (2009) and ResoNations (2008) for the delegates of the United Nations. In two productions, given by the Center for Contemporary Opera, he was the oboist at the world premiere of Michael Dellaria’s Secret Agent. Mr. Shafer is also a frequent artist at, “Louise’s Classical Coterie,” a private salon series in the Upper West Side of Manhattan; at Andrea Clearfield’s Salon series in Philadelphia; a featured artist on the recital series, “Bach’s Lunch” (PA); a featured soloist with the Sun City Chamber Players (FL); and as a freelance musician has performed with many ensembles in New York.

SOWING THE
SEEDS OF THE
NEXT GENERATION

Mr. Shafer has passionately delivered weekly private lessons, coached chamber music, held reed-making seminars, designed theory, aural skills, and history courses, and given master classes to high school students ranging in topics. He has served as the Artistic Director/Conductor the Greater Philadelphia Honors Orchestra; and Crescendo, a chamber music festival for advanced students. He was also the Assistant Conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. Mr. Shafer is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in the Precollege divisions of Oboe performance, Music Theory and Ear-training. More information

TIMELESS
INSPIRATION
FROM THE MASTERS

Mr. Shafer received his M.M. in Oboe Performance from New York University and his B.M. in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has studied oboe with Bert Lucarelli, (International Soloist), Ray Still, (Chicago Symphony), and Patricia Stenberg, (Sarasota Orchestra) with additional lessons with Jonathan Kelly, (Berlin Philharmonic), Nathan Hughes, (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Jonathan Blumenfeld, (Philadelphia Orchestra). He has studied composition with Randolph Coleman and Richard Hoffmann, and conducting with Robert Spano, (Music Director, Atlanta Symphony) Louis Lane, (Asst. Cond. Cleveland Orchestra) and Jorma Panula, (formerly, Sibelius Academy, Finland). His composition: Russian Games was premiered by the Oberlin Wind Ensemble; Dreams for Woodwind Quintet by the Florida West Coast Symphony Quintet; and A Fugue a Four Trombone Quartet was played by the trombone section of the Chicago Symphony.

Langanaich for Oboe and Electronic Sounds

Composer: Elizabeth Hofman

This recording was from a live performance on the NYU New Music Ensemble "Soloists Concert" This performance was an 7-minute improvised solo against Elizabeth Hofman's work, Langanaich for Electronic Sounds.

Layers of Earth

Composer: Lars Graugaard

This is a sample of "Layers of Earth," a piece for solo oboe, 15 percussionists and electronic processing. This is the Ian Shafer with the NYU Percussion Ensemble and Mr. Graugaard on the computer.
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OPENING
THE DOORS
TO A RICHER LIFE

Whether or not the student’s ultimate goal is to become a professional musician, it cannot be disputed that studying music, at any age, will create a more knowledgeable, sensitive and sophisticated individual. Studying music increases the mind’s ability to imagine, think creatively, problem solve, multi-task, coordinate actions of the mind and body and heighten one’s attention to detail; all of which are skills that are highly valued in the modern workforce. Through music, a student is introduced to many foreign cultures, languages, art, literature, religions, philosophies, politics, and history.

CREATING
THE CONFIDENCE
TO SUCCEED

It is my philosophy that students who possess the necessary foundational skills coupled with a plan to use them, will succeed in life. Therefore, it is my goal to provide students with a superior education through a tailor-made lesson designed to meet their specific needs. With more than ten years of teaching experience I have developed a solid method grounded in the fundamentals. Whether we are speaking of playing the oboe, learning theory, history, composition or aural skills, students will learn the techniques necessary to give them the confidence to succeed. Generally, I ask guided questions so that the learning process unfolds from the student's experience. I feel this way creates stronger, more capable students who are able to use reason and logic, as well as fall back on their fundamentals at crucial moments of performance. Many of my former students have received the highest honors in all areas of oboe playing including winning auditions at youth orchestras, "All-State" and regional orchestras, have participated in master-classes given by leading oboists, and have been accepted to various colleges including: Princeton University, Boston University, Franklin and Marshall College, among others.

TEACHING
POSITIONS

Manhattan School of Music, Precollege division, New York, NY
Faculty - Oboe Performance, Music Theory, Ear-training

Community Music School, Collegeville, PA
Department Chair - Woodwinds & Music Theory,
Conductor of Orchestras,
Teacher - Oboe, Music Theory

Nelly Berman School of Music, Haverford, PA
Teacher - Oboe, Chamber Music Coach

Darlington Fine Arts Center, Garnet Valley, PA
Teacher - Oboe, Piano, Music Theory

Suburban Music School, Media, PA
Teacher - Oboe, Piano

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "James Adler & Friends Celebrate CD Release with Splendid Concert at Yamaha"

[Q]onstage April 24, 2013

"In “Elegy and Impromptu,” a world premiere, oboist Ian Shafer, who commissioned it, began with a mournful solo, the ‘Elegy,’ before Adler joined him for the ‘Impromptu,’ contemplative, then buoyant, and sometimes both at once"

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "QUO Celebrates the Holidays with Scintillating Chamber Music"

[Q]onstage December 13, 2012

"Ian Shafer, [oboist]...played a graceful, 'Mozartian Oboe' Trio...by Beethoven..."

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "In “QUOtets,” Queer Urban Orchestra Presents Fine Chamber Music in Informal Setting"

[Q]onstage December 12, 2011

"A refined and refreshing allegro first movement from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, played by oboist Ian Shafer, violinist Phong Ta, violist Michael Vannoni, and cellist Bjorn Berkhout, aptly began the concert, feeling almost akin to starting out with a Mozart opera overture, with the oboe’s effervescent assignment here the virtual antithesis of its frequent role in conveying pathos"

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "QUO Weaves Musical Magic in Spring Concert, with James Adler Piano Concerto a Highlight

[Q]onstage April 16, 2016

"Preceding the concert was an informative panel discussion, moderated by Desbordes, with Adler and QUO Assistant Conductor and Principal Oboist Ian Shafer....Desbordes said that she heard a jazz influence in it, while Shafer, with an oboe solo in the second movement, detected hints of Ralph Vaughan Williams...."

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "QUO Musically Probes the Heroic & Its Opposite with Jacqueline Jonée as Guest"

[Q]onstage, November 13, 2011.

"Premiere travesti pianist Jacqueline Jonée, elegantly garbed as Little Red Riding Hood, all grown up, amusingly narrated Sergei Prokofiev’s, 'Peter and the Wolf... Jacqueline vividly acted out the various parts—the birds, the animals, and the people, including the hunters with their guns—as Dresden’s players skillfully limned them musically. Kudos go, in particular, to instrumental soloists Craig Devereaux, flautist; Ian Shafer, oboist; Travis Fraser, clarinetist; and David Lohman, bassoonist."

Christman, Theodore. Composer, in regards to the "Lighter Side of Opera"

November 30, 2015

"Ian Shafer's tremendous skill as a conductor was evident throughout his interpretation of my opera scores...His musical decisions brought life to the characters and allowed the music to serve the story in the most natural and appealing way."